• Integrated Project Management and Control: First comes the theory, then the practice

      Vanhoucke, Mario (Springer, 2014)
      Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to support the application of a combined BPM (business process management)/SOA (service?oriented architecture) approach and contribute to the body of knowledge on the business value of SOA. Design methodology approach: This case study highlights the promising results of a process reengineering project at Belgacom Mobile, Belgium's largest mobile telecommunications operator. The reengineering effort centered around a key automation pillar involving in particular the optimization of the SIM card ordering process. SOA principles were applied to ensure both the flexibility of the redesigned process and its capability of dealing with newly emerging SIM card types. This case demonstrates the potential benefits of combining BPM and SOA concepts to establish IT?enabled process innovation. Findings: In terms of performance improvement, the studied project resulted in: increased process flexibility and consistency, considerably shorter lead times, and enhanced process control. Research limitations implications: The findings from this case study present useful insights for other companies trying to reap the benefits of combined BPM and SOA. However, the single case study approach presents some limitations to the generalizability of the proposed learning points and concepts. Some case specific features such as the sector or company size might influence the generalizability. Nevertheless, the paper rather intends to trigger conceptual thinking about IT?enabled process innovation and an architectural approach. Originality value: The added value of this project, which contributes to the general understanding of SOA potential for BPM, lies in its innovative approach, whereby product and process are separated by means of production process ID creation. The redesign approach thus provides a sustainable answer to the ever shortening life cycle of products and technologies. In particular process practitioners will find value in reading the learning points from this paper.
    • Integrated project management sourcebook: A technical guide to project scheduling, risk and control

      Vanhoucke, Mario (Springer, 2016)
      This handbook is a unique, comprehensive resource for professional project managers and students in project management courses that focuses on the integration between baseline scheduling, schedule risk analysis and project control, also known as Dynamic Scheduling or Integrated Project Management and Control. It contains a set of more than 70 articles. Each individual article focuses on one particular topic and features links to other articles in this book, where appropriate. Almost all articles are accompanied with a set of questions, the answers to which are provided at the end of the book.
    • Managing cost and earned value

      Vanhoucke, Mario (Gower Publishing, 2014)
      This Handbook was the first APM Body of Knowledge Approved title for the Association for Project Management. Over the course of five editions, Gower Handbook of Project Management has become the definitive desk reference for project management practitioners. The Handbook gives an introduction to, and overview of, the essential knowledge required for managing projects.
    • The challenges of implementing strategy

      Verweire, Kurt (Routledge, 2019)
      The book aims to provide those people and organisations who are involved with the development in project management with the kind of structured information that will inform their thinking, their practice and improve their decisions. In effect, it is new food for thought intented to invigorate and stimulate the journey of discovery.
    • The data-driven project manager. A statistical battle against project obstacles

      Vanhoucke, Mario (Apress, 2018)
      Discover solutions to common obstacles faced by project managers. Written as a business novel, the book is highly interactive, allowing readers to participate and consider options at each stage of a project. The book is based on years of experience, both through the author's research projects as well as his teaching lectures at business schools.